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‘The Great Wall’ Fails to Stop Critiques

‘The Great Wall’ Fails to Stop Critiques

Manny Ramirez, Staff Reporter
February 27, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

There is some enjoyment to be found in The Great Wall. In terms of a good movie, no; more like in the appeal of something found on the SyFy channel or Direct-to-DVD pile. The cartoony plot is about the Chinese Empire defending the world from an army of monsters. What kind of monsters you may ask? The...

Fifty Shades of Dreary Boredom

Fifty Shades of Dreary Boredom

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

Whenever I watch those awful spoof movies (Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, Scary Movie), I feel like I’ve fallen in a puddle of vomit in desperate need of a dozen showers. When it comes to a movie like Fifty Shades Darker, I feel like my soul got lost in an empty abyss. These are films I could care less...

Rewind With Disney for Black History Month

Rewind With Disney for Black History Month

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

In 2001, Atlantis the Lost Empire featured the first black character in an animated Disney film. It would be eight years later that the House of Mouse would have an African American cast in its 49th animated feature film: The Princess & the Frog. In usual Disney tradition, it’s a modern retelling of...

The Brick Knight Rises in The Lego Batman Movie

The Brick Knight Rises in The Lego Batman Movie

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

With the surprise success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. takes the Marvel route on building its own cinematic universe. With its roster of the DC Extended Universe losing steam maybe it’ll have a better chance with Legos in the first of these spin-offs: The Lego Batman Movie. Will Arnett returns as...

The Space Between Us Review

The Space Between Us Review

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

From the director of Hannah Montana the Movie and the screenwriter of Collateral Beauty, (Oh, joy...) bring what I can only describe as The Martian meets The Fault in Our Stars. Good movies I’d rather be watching than this dense of a sci-fi /teen drama mush known as The Space Between Us. It star...

La La Lame

La La Lame

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

A new winning record of seven Golden Globes and a big contender for the Oscars, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, is a postmodern musical filmed in the style of fifties classics like Singing in the Rain. A movie seen as a celebration of cinema, music, and as the tagline states “to the fool’s who drea...

A Split Decision: Shyamalan Proves Potential

A Split Decision: Shyamalan Proves Potential

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

I’ve actually enjoyed the films of M. Night Shyamalan; my personal favorites continue to be The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. Even his lesser material have their moments (to an extent), though I won’t deny that he has delivered a decade of disappointing duds from The Village to After Earth...

Founder and the Figures

Founder and the Figures

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Repoter
February 3, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

Directed and co-written by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), Hidden Figures tells the true story of Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn; three African-American women who played a pivotal role in NASA’s space race during the 1960’s. Think of it as a behind-the-scenes telling of Philli...

Best and Worst Animated Films of 2016

Best and Worst Animated Films of 2016

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

I’ve enjoyed the Kung Fu Panda films with Jack Black as the rolypoly warrior and got really excited for the third installment after Kung Fu Panda 2 ended on cliffhanger. I loved every minute of it. From Po’s humble origins being fully explored, the village of the Pandas, martial art fights, an in...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Review

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
December 18, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

“During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” -An excerpt from the opening crawl of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Set between th...

Pokémon Sun/Moon Review

Pokémon Sun/Moon Review

Todd Kleiboer, Web Editor
December 7, 2016
Filed under A&E

Although Nintendo has drawn flak over using the same formula over and over for its Pokémon games, the newest additions to the franchise, Pokémon Sun/Moon, have somewhat shaken off the dust of repetition to revitalize the series. I played Pokémon Moon, and, as some may know, the differences betwee...

Moana Falls Victim to the Disney Formula.

Moana Falls Victim to the Disney Formula.

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
November 30, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

You know how Disney is made fun of for using the same method over and over again in its repertoire? Love at first sight, cute animal critters, dead parents, funny sidekicks, musical numbers, likable princesses, etc. Regardless, the House of Mouse manages to find new and creative ways to tell its stories...

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